Deb Chisholm of Wattlebank checked out some of the donated items on offer in the silent auction. gm290520

Inlet Hotel owner John McInnes and musician Mickey J got the entertainment underway at Sunday’s bushfire fundraiser event. gm310520

THE Inverloch community has opened its hearts and wallets to support the people of East Gippsland affected by bushfires.
The Inlet Hotel’s Kirby Ireland and a group of friends decided they had to do something – and that something all came together on Sunday afternoon.
The results are still being tallied but the total to be donated to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund is expected to reach $55,000.
More than 220 people booked for lunch at the Inlet Hotel where staff volunteered their time and $10 from every parma was donated to the bushfire appeal. Kegs of beer were donated, meaning all proceeds from the sales of them went straight to the appeal.
And Kirby and her friends were inundated with donations of goods, services and memberships from businesses and individuals to an estimated value of $38,000.
Raffle prizes included holidays, gym memberships, pamper packages, a stand up paddleboard lesson, a lawn mower and café and coffee vouchers.
Silent auction items included sports memorabilia, more pamper packages, photo sessions, a small group surf lesson, jewellery, and vouchers.
More holidays were on offer in the live auction, along with a percentage ownership in three racehorses, a garden clean up, kids party, bowls club membership, Inverloch-Kongwak Football Netball Club membership, wines, golf club membership, fitness sessions, massage and an electrician’s labour for a day.
Supporters dug deep as they enjoyed live music by Mickey J performing classic covers.
All money raised from Sunday’s event will be donated to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) which distributes 100 per cent of funds to victims of natural disasters.